Our Ambassadors

Champion immigrant and refugee inclusion.

Upwardly Global Ambassadors are changemakers from a range of fields, who share a deep commitment to advancing workforce equity and access for economically vulnerable immigrants and refugees, and to supporting their entry into professional jobs in the U.S.

As an Upwardly Global Ambassador, you will engage in private meetings with top experts in workforce integration and immigration, and with Upwardly Global’s senior leadership and alumni.

Ambassadors play an active role in helping Upwardly Global drive our mission forward through meaningful personal philanthropy, skilled volunteering and mentorship, and thought leadership. Members make an annual gift of $2,500 or more (or give at a special alumni membership rate) to help move the bar on workforce integration.

Each year, Ambassadors are invited to:

  • Three virtual briefings from the field with special guests, the CEO, and Board
  • One regional event for Ambassadors (when in person events resume)
  • Join Upwardly Global’s Annual Gala event through early registration

We see a tough economy ahead, but also a real opportunity for immigrants to support vaccine rollouts, STEM jobs, and to bring us closer to realizing a bold, hopeful vision of a genuinely inclusive America.

We are excited to build our Ambassadors community!

How Immigrants and Refugees Can Help us Build the Inclusive Digital Economy We Need for our Shared Future
February 24 at 6 pm EST/ 3 pm PST video meeting
Hosted by Joshua Winter, Director, Skills for Employability at Microsoft + Upwardly Global Board Member
With Danette Howard, Senior Vice President, Lumina Foundation
Hector Mujica, Economic Opportunities Lead, Google
Robin Boggs, Director, U.S. Corporate Citizenship, Accenture
Jina Krause-Vilmar, CEO & President, Upwardly Global
Listen to our podcast of highlights from the conversation here.

How Immigrants Can Promote Strong and Equitable Healthcare – and what we can do to support them
May 5 at 7 pm EST/ 4 pm PST
Video meeting hosted by Kathy Taylor, Taylor Executive Search + Upwardly Global Board Member
Upwardly Global leadership in conversation with
Syra Madad–Senior Director, System-wide Special Pathogens Program at New York City Health + Hospitals
Shaun Smith–Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, New York-Presbyterian
Dr. Jan Vilcek
–Biomedical Scientist, Educator, Inventor and Philanthropist
Listen to our podcast of highlights from the conversation here.

VIP events around the Upwardly Global Gala
September and October (by region)
Meet Upwardly Global Gala honorees, speakers, entertainers, and friends

Making it Real: How Companies Can Transform Practices for Inclusion of Immigrants and Refugees and Create more a Diverse, Equitable and Innovative Economy
November/December (Date TBC)


For more information and to learn about joining Upwardly Global Ambassadors, contact: Aditi Shah, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, at aditi@upwardlyglobal.org or (212) 219-8828 ext. 215

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